I enjoyed the wonky mug rugs I made last week so I thought I'd try my hand at making some wonky heart mug rugs for Valentine's day. I wondered if there was an "official" size for a mug rug so I did some internet searching. What I learned is that there is no prescribed size however, a mug rug should be big enough to hold your mug and a small snack. I think that this one does the trick.
I started by making a sketch of what I wanted my mug rug to look like. I like to use inexpensive tracing paper for this and a Sharpie. With this paper, I can sketch, crumple, toss; sketch, crumple, toss; without feeling too wasteful. I like the feel of the Sharpie tip on the trace and I have great appreciation for the permanent aspects of the ink. When I have a need to mark fabric with ink, I can always count on my Sharpie not to run when washing or when using the steam iron. I used the trace and Sharpie as well to sketch out how I planned to assemble the hearts, then I made a matte board template of the pieces that I needed to cut.
I cut a jelly roll into 9 1/2" segments then cut those in half on a wonky diagonal to get my strips. I then sewed the strips together, side by side, alternating light and dark values. Using the matte board templates that I made, I cut the assembled strips into the wedges that I needed to make the hearts.
Once I sewed the heart sections together, I added sashing to frame them, then trimmed them to my desired wonky shape. I added batting and backing and got ready for quilting.
Quilted and ready to trim.
Trimmed and ready to bind.
Happy Valentine's Day!